In the late 1800s, San Francisco banker and financier Tiburcio Parrott established Miravelle. In 1893, some old vineyardists asked him what he expected to do among the hills and rocks. They laughed when Parrott told them that he expected to raise grapes and produce wine that was unsurpassed in the world. The very next year Parrott’s wines took first place at the San Francisco Midwinter Fair and the following year he won a gold medal at the World’s Fair. This is the sort of history that defines Spring Mountain as a great area to grow wine. As a testament to this, Spring Mountain was one of the first appellations of Napa Valley to be granted AVA status.